Celebrating BillsMafia on ‘Dahlin Day’

Photo of NHL’s Rasmus Dahlin from sportsnet.ca.

It’s ‘Dahlin Day’ in Buffalo. Hoo-rah. Makes watching all the eye-bleeding hockey last season worth it. There’s so much to be grateful for these days and the improved good fortune by the Bills and Sabres are at the top of the list.

But there’s something else I’d like to address during our summer vacation from NFL football on ‘Dahlin Day’ in Buffalo.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank every member of BillsMafia for all the love and support you show for each other on a regular basis. People around Wyoming are jumping on the Bills’ bandwagon and tell me they are struck by the friendliness displayed by our FAMbase.

Many around here will find themselves jumping on board because of Josh Allen but will likely stay forever because of BillsMafia.

Social media provides a laboratory of interactions revealing differences in the personality patterns of fan bases. BillsMafia has become symbolic of crazy super-fans jumping through flaming folding tables.

Photo from dailysnark.com.

However, if you peruse Twitter accounts of thousands of Bills fans everyday like I do, you’ll find that perception is really quite misleading. Every single day I see acts of kindness where people reach out and help one another with anything from restaurant recommendations to helping each other through a crisis.

Buffalo sports fans are a gigantic family whose home base is Buffalo but reaches across the world. I still marvel at being able to live in a remote outpost in Wyoming and connect with Bills fans around the world by touching my keyboard at any given moment.

BillsMafia really is a logical outgrowth of the kind of people who support it.

Why has the name “BillsMafia” survived despite the best efforts by some to vanquish it into oblivion?

It survives because it’s an organic creation that spontaneously combusted by long-suffering fans who are basically really good people. Western New York is famous around the world for three things; chicken wings, tailgating and sports.

But it’s really our gigantic collective heart that surprises people when they get to know us. Andy Dalton got a taste of what BillsMafia is all about when his foundation benefited mightily after his pass to Tyler Boyd catapulted the Bills into the playoffs.

Video from youtube.com.

However, if you follow a large number of Bills fans on Twitter, you will see these acts of kindness happening all the time. It’s why BillsMafia is such an enduring phenomenon.

I’ll close with a big thank-you to everyone who interacts with me on Twitter and through our BillsMafia blog. Your continued support means so much and I look forward to sharing many more good and bad times ahead.

Editor’s babble: Happy Dahlin Day! Sometimes I just have to take a breath and let all the good stuff soak in. Thank you, BillsMafia. You can find me on Twitter @RobynMundyWYO.

About Robyn Mundy

Robyn Mundy is Editor-in-Chief of the BillsMafia blog at BillsMafia.com. She's a retired oncology nurse & psychotherapist who loves to write about her life-long passion for the Buffalo Bills, and occasionally something of clinical or social relevance. Robyn lives with her husband Gary and their dogs in the foothills of the glorious Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming. Robyn is also a proud founding sponsor. Follow her on Twitter at @robynmundyWYO.

15 Replies to “Celebrating BillsMafia on ‘Dahlin Day’”

  1. And a big Thank-You to you and the other writers on this site…

    I moved from Buffalo in 89 to Florida, when you wear any Buffalo sports items you will most likely be approached by someone from Buffalo and the conversation begins. It starts with sports moves to food and ends up talking about people you know… Talking Proud isn’t just a slogan it is the reality of Buffaloians–:)

  2. Hi Goose!

    Thanks for reading, and as always… your commentary! You’re sure right about Buffalonians, we’re a pretty friendly bunch. Hopefully we’ll be having a lot more to cheer about with our new additions to the Bills and Sabres! Have a great weekend.

    Robyn

  3. Goose and Robin, your sure right about us Buffalonians! Hope we can get together this year Goose with the other 400 plus Bills Backers of Brandon at O’Briens.

    Let’s go Bills and Sabres!!!

    • Hell yea Gary, opening day is getting closer. I have to find a Josh allen jersey for Dino—:)

  4. Thanks for the new article Robyn! Everyone has that 100% correct about Buffalonians. Even though I have Direct TV and get the Sunday Ticket, I still love going to Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern in Herndon, VA (at least for one game) to be around fellow Buffalonians as well as getting my fill of Beef on Weck, chicken wings and Labatt Blue.

  5. Steve, Sam’s club in my area carries Labatt’s and the best part is it is only $5.96 a 6 pack-:)

    • Nice! We have Wegman’s in town, so I go there for Labatt’s, Sahlen’s hot dogs, the anchor bar sauce for my wings, as well as many other things.

  6. never heard of dahlin day.
    my beverage of choice is a tried and true buffalo beer molson canadian. can’t beat the price at $11.00 a 12-pack- actually cheaper than the “craft beers”. thanks to molson breweries for selling such a quality beer at a very reasonable price!

  7. Can’t blame ya, Nells. I agree, hockey talk is boring! (Which is funny because you don’t agree.) But even I knew what Dahlin day referenced!

  8. oh geez its the sabres draft pick savior. I thought it was some kind of annual traditional local holiday. possibly commemorating the sabres legendary play by play announcer ted “dahlin”
    6 Ws.

  9. The “Bills Mafia” are becoming Sabres fans all of a sudden, because they landed a true generational player?

    Lol, that’s hilarious…the same people who insult the Sabres all the time.

    • “the same people who insult the Sabres all the time.” That’s Bucky Gleason. You don’t have to worry about him, he’s no longer with the Buffalo News.

        • Agreed. I do like the Sabres, but I don’t have time to watch all 82 games a year. The Sabres had the right idea about “tanking,” but it’s too bad former Sabres GM, Tim Murray wrecked the team as he traded away first round draft picks and prospects (like a drunken sailor on payday weekend) in order to “speed up” the rebuilding process. So far, new Sabres GM, Jason Botterill has taken a very slow, methodical approach to rebuilding the team. Botterill is not making trades just to make headlines, he’s trying to get maximum value in return for guys like O’Reilly and others that are burnt out from playing on a bad team for so long. It’s way too early to tell if Housley is the right coach for the job, but after year one, the results are not impressive at all.

  10. I have trouble investing in any of the other major sports due to too many friggin’ games…and because baseball and basketball are set up lame and more popularity contests.than competitive. I like hockey well enough as a sport, but can’t get super into it because TMFG…that and listening to sports talk radio about hockey (aka hockey talk) is BORING!!!!! I would rather listen to Baba O’Reilly than hear any more speculation about what’s gonna happen with Ryan O’Reilly!